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The opening of the temples was announced in today’s briefing of the Ministry of Health on the course of the coronavirus pandemic in Greece, by the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management Nikos Hardalias.
Specifically, the Deputy Minister of Civil Protection and Crisis Management clarified that from Monday, January 18 the places of worship will reopen (one person per 25 sq.m., with a maximum of 50 people inside the temples) and the use of a face mask is considered mandatory.
Earlier, Orthodoxtimes.gr reported that the Greek government decided the reopening of the Holy Temples from Sunday, January 24.
The Committee of Infectious Diseases agreed, and the government decided to reopen the Temples of the country, provided that all the preventive sanitary measures will be observed.
According to the decision, the temples will be open to the faithful and the sacred services will be held in the presence of one person per 25 sq.m. with no more than 50 people inside the temples.
According to OrthodoxTimes.gr, in addition to the suggestion of the infectious disease specialists, the Secretary General of the Prime Minister, Grigoris Demitriadis, the Minister of State, G. Gerapetritis, and the Minister of Education and Religion, Niki Kerameos made a decisive contribution to the decision for the reopening of the Holy Temples.